Urgent Advisories & Town Meeting Schedule 2017

2018 WCA TOWN MEETING SCHEDULE: 5:15-7 p.m., First Thursdays - usually in Waimea School Cafeteria (unless notified):

* Thurs., March 1, 2018 - “Blowing Clouds” & Rapid 'Ohi'a Death Update.

NOTE: WCA will host two Primary Election Candidate Forums this year. Please save these dates:

Thurs., June 7, 2018 will be a Gubernatorial Candidate Forum - 5 p.m., Waimea School Cafeteria.

Thurs., July 12, 2018 will be a "Speed Dating" Candidate Forum at 5 p.m. at HPA's Taylor Commons featuring candidates running for U.S. Congress District 2, State Senate, State House and Hawai'i County Council.


Thursday, June 1, 2017 – 5:15-7 p.m. – Waimea School Cafeteria


Three high impact issues on quality of life in North Hawai’i will share the spotlight during Waimea Community Association’s Town Meeting this Thursday in Waimea School cafeteria.

Scope of the meeting will range from the latest scientific findings and concerns regarding Rapid ‘Ohi’a Death (ROD) – most notably how to prevent it from spreading into North Hawai’i watersheds, to projected environmental-social-cultural impacts of extending the Daniel K. Inouye Highway (aka Saddle Road) further west to Queen Ka’ahumanu Highway, to Hawai’i county rules, enforcement and advocacy around liquor control.  As always, everyone is welcome to WCA Town Meetings and there is no charge though membership is encouraged.

Staff from Hawai’i County Liquor Control will begin the evening by reviewing the division’s responsibilities, educational advocacy around safety and abuse prevention, and also enforcement activities.

Then, planner Ron Terry will briefly review the published Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for Saddle Road Extension and the approaching June 7, 2017 deadline for comment to the state Office of Environmental Quality Control Commission (OEQC).  Copies of the DEIS are in all public libraries including the Thelma Parker Memorial Library here in Waimea.  It is also accessible online by selecting the April 23, 2017 edition of the OEQC Environmental Notice at: http://health.hawaii.gov/oeqc/   Comments about the DEIS may be sent to Hawaii State Department of Transportation, 869 Punchbowl Street Room 301, Honolulu HI 96813 or email Darell.young@hawaii.gov.  Info: Call Darell Young (808-587-1835).  Or consultant Ron Terry (808-969-7690) or email rterry@hawaii.rr.com.

Terry will quickly review the DEIS process and findings for what is projected to be a $63-74 million project, depending on the final route.  There is, at present, no established construction timetable. Approx. 80% of the funding is expected to be provided by the federal government.

The final portion of the meeting will be Dr. Flint Hughes, a respected Research Ecologist with the US Forest Service, who will share the latest research, policy decisions and recommendations to control spread of ROD.  Dr. Hughes will continue to share specific strategies for the North Hawai’i community to become meaningful “protectors of the Kohala forest” which, to date, does not appear to have been infected.

As always, County Council members will provide an update on Council business.  This month’s featured not-for-profit will be Kipuka o ke Ola (KOKO) with Dr. Claren Kealoha Beaudet and Dr. Franco Acquaro, Ph.D., providing an update on this federally accredited Independent Rural Health Clinic that focuses on addressing Native Hawaiian health disparities.  KOKO’s mission and program intents to seamlessly blend care from numerous health practices including primary care services, psychological services, and psychiatric services.  KOKO expects in the near future to add traditional Native Hawaiian healing arts (laʻau lapaʻau, lomi lomi, and hoʻoponono) to its array of services.

As always at WCA Town Meetings, steaming Starbucks coffee and cookies will be provided.

Info: www.Facebook.com/WaimeaCommunityAssociation, or call Patti Cook (937-2833) or email cookshi@aol.com


IMPORTANT ADVISORY:  The South Kohala Traffic Safety Committee is conducting a ‘Community Traffic Safety Priorities Survey’ to gather information from individuals and businesses of South Kohala to better understand community needs when it comes to road and traffic safety issues. Results will be shared with interested parties, especially elected officials and State and County employees.  Everyone is asked to take a few minutes to respond to this survey:  https://goo.gl/ZL3N9C

Questions:  Please contact SKTSC Chair James Hustace:  sktscsecretary@gmail.com  (920) 540-3983


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